After 15 years and 16 video games, Tiger Woods and EA Sports have decided to part ways.
EA SPORTS and Tiger Woods have also made a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger's named PGA TOUR golf game," wrote Daryl Holt, vice president and general manager of golf at EA Sports, in a statement on the company's website. "We’ve always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors. Moving forward, we will continue to work with the PGA TOUR exclusively to create groundbreaking golfing titles and our partnership remains strong."
The franchise debuted with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99 in 1998 after Woods won his first major championship at the 1997 Masters and continued through its latest installment, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14.
No word yet on what caused the split that ended the multi-million dollar venture.
$771,000,000: Retail sales of EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise over past last 15 years, according to @npdgroup
You probably saw Arnold Palmer join forces with Tiger Woods to fight off ninjas wanting to steal their tournament trophies in a recent commercial for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14. But you might not know that Palmer could hold his own against a real band of ninjas, if it ever came to that.
In a Q&A with Golfweek, Palmer revealed that the karate moves used to defeat the masked men -– including a double-hand punch, flipping an assailant over his back, one hearty leg sweep and a series of gut-punches -- were all his own.
Q. How much fun was it to do the Rumble advertisement for the game and is it true that you did all of your own stunts?
A. Well, it was fun. Tiger was great, Lee (Trevino) was great . . . and of
course we all laughed. And I did my own stunts, yes. I haven’t told
anybody this, but I was an instructor in judo and personal conduct in
the service, so I know a little bit about it, and it was fun for me to
get back into it.
In "The Rumble," a commercial for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods are trying to take a simple ride together in a helicopter when they're surrounded by men wearing leather jackets and ski masks. The men want the legendary golfers' major championship trophies, but some nifty ninja moves keep the would-be-thieves away.
The situation turns dire at the end of the fight. Until help comes from the most unlikely of sources.
EA Sports has created something for the golf geek in all of us. In the Master's Historic version of the company's new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 game, you can play the Augusta National course as it was at the first Masters Tournament in 1934. Take a look at it in all its vignette-effect and sepia-toned glory:
The new Legends of the Majors mode includes the ability to take your golfer back to the 1930s and play against legends like Ben Hogan, or compete against other Hall of Famers like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. The legends compete with the ball, club, and course physics that correspond to their time period.
According to the report, the '14 edition also includes a day/night cycle, 20 on-disc courses and the ability to tweak country clubs.
And there it is. Some people have questioned McIlroy's practice habits, but this ought to put that to rest. If you can hit an elevated, horizontal bar with a punch mid-iron, then putting should be gravy, right?
Tiger and Fed share some #GOAT love Apparently, in the laconic parlance of Twitter, it's good to be the GOAT ("greatest of all time," that is). That's what Tiger Woods called Roger Federer after his Wimbledon win -- the seventh of Fed's career. As Ray Thomas of the Daily Telegraph reports:
Comparisons to Pele, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Valentino Rossi - not to mention Rod Laver in his own sport - were encouraged by a tweet by Woods after the win.
"Hats off to Murray for a great match but we saw why Fed is the #GOAT (greatest of all time)," Woods wrote.
Federer said Woods had personally contacted him almost immediately after the match.
"He was very pumped up these past couple days for me - he was very supportive," Federer, the oldest man to win Wimbledon since 31-year-old Arthur Ashe in 1975, said. "It's nice when other great athletes like this do believe in me."
Further proof that you'll never find friends better than the ones you make on the set of a Gillette Mach 2 commercial.
Owners of a Central Otago vineyard are charging their glasses after learning a bottle of their wine has been sold for one of the highest prices paid for a bottle of New Zealand wine.
A bottle of Mt Rosa's 2008 pinot noir, signed by United States golfer Tiger Woods, sold for just over $NZ10,000 at a charity auction in China to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake reconstruction.
This one falls in the category of honors Tiger really never dreamed of. Still, good cause. Wine seems like a curious item for Woods to sign, but, honestly, most of us can put it to better use than a club or a ball.
The new gimmick in this year’s edition of the popular golf game is the “Tiger Legacy Challenge” mode, where you can compete as Tiger throughout all the eras of his career: from junior golf through his amateur titles to the Tiger slam. You can even hear Tiger’s father, Earl, yelling at Tiger while he gets ready to swing to sharpen his son’s focus. Here’s a video preview:
Tiger Woods EA Sports PGA Tour 13 is scheduled for U.S. release on March 27, the same day as former coach Hank Haney’s book about his time with Tiger, “The Big Miss.” The regular edition is $59.99 on Xbox 360 and PS3; the special Masters Collector's Edition is $69.99.
Without snow in metropolitan areas, Northeast golf courses have capitalized, drawing players throughout the winter and doing maintenance and renovation months earlier than normal.
The Mattawang Golf Club, a semi-private course in Belle Mead, New Jersey, hosted almost 1,000 rounds in January, including one 60-degree Saturday on which the course drew 190 golfers, said Mahlon Dow, the club’s head professional and manager.
“That’s a good number in June,” Dow said in a telephone interview. “It looks like October out there.”
Ernie Els: Take my belly putter, please Ernie Els joined Tiger Woods in calling for a ban on belly putters this week at the Northern Trust. One difference though: Els is actually using a belly putter. He explains:
Q. You mentioned the short putter. The USGA has said they're taking a fresh look at the belly putter, long putter, anchoring. Do you welcome that? What do you think about that?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, I think so. Although I've used it, I've used it for, what, six months now, I feel the same as most of the traditionalists. I feel that no club should be anchored to your body. I don't know how they're going to go around it, maybe use a putter as long as you want as long as it's not anchored to your body any way, even up your arm. You see a lot of the guys use it in their armpits now. Nothing should be anchored to your body, and I believe I still believe that. I was in such a state that I felt that I needed to change something, which I did. I went to the belly. It hasn't really helped me that much, but it has helped me. But I'm for it. Ban it. It's fine.
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The newest version of EA's Tiger Woods video game franchise, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13, includes a new feature called the Tiger Legacy Challenge. Gamers will get to play as Tiger at various ages and re-create his most memorable milestones, from a 2-year-old Woods in his backyard and on The Mike Douglas Show to the U.S. Amateur to his rookie season on Tour to the present day. Check out the videos below to see the video game version of Woods grow up before your eyes and other scenes from the game, which will be available March 27. See more images in this gallery of screengrabs.
The game will also feature new courses, including PGA National.